Image Promo description

Register to use our site and access free newsletters, book events and lots more.

You don't have to be a member to use our site. Already registered? Login here

Become a member today

The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Welsh housing organisations welcome government commitment to partly introduce ‘right to adequate housing’ into Welsh law


Yesterday (November 19), Minister for Housing and Local Government, Julie James, confirmed to Assembly Members that the right to adequate housing will feature as a ‘due regard’ duty as she launched the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill.

Speaking in the Senedd, the Minister said the duty will be written into the statutory guidance which will be given to local authorities if the bill becomes law.

Though a ‘due regard’ duty doesn’t include enforceable right to adequate housing for individuals, it will require local authorities to demonstrate that they have thought about the right to adequate housing as a central part of their policy and decision-making processes, a process which can be subject to court challenge. The aim of the ‘due regard’ duty is to drive positive change and focus more resource on housing.

CIH Cymru, Tai Pawb, and Shelter Cymru, together with Dr Simon Hoffman of Swansea University, have been campaigning for full incorporation of the Right and earlier this year published a feasibility study.

In a joint statement, all four organisations welcomed the Minister’s announcement:

“We’ve had some very positive discussions with Welsh Government over the proposal to incorporate the right to adequate housing into Welsh law.

“In light of our feasibility study and campaign, we welcome the Minister’s statement today which is progress in the right direction.

“While not as effective as full incorporation, adopting a ‘due regard’ approach has the potential to drive positive change and act as a catalyst for further resources – hopefully leading to better outcomes for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

“We look forward to monitoring the progress of the bill and to participating in evidence stages.”

Please log in to comment

Your comments

No comments made yet

Join today

We’re here to help you make a difference. Join CIH today and discover your potential


Fire safety

All the latest info and fire safety resources for housing professionals


The new housing apprenticeships

With a century of experience equipping housing professionals with the skills they need to do the brilliant work they do, we can help you make the most of the new housing apprenticeships – whatever stage of the journey you are at.